Synergies between implementation and self-knowledge

As I work to finalise Volume 1 of The Churning, inner leadership, I am noticing connections between the first and final chapters.

Chapter 7 is about how you can move forward to implement the vision you have created.

Chapter 1 is about centring and grounding and deepening your relationship with yourself, in order to find out what the vision is that you want to create.

One of the (several) recommended activities for achieving this is rock climbing. But as the above video shows, free climbing (without ropes) also teaches a number of lessons that we can apply in moving forward to implement any vision:

  1. Start with a clear intention and an approximate route in mind, but don’t try to map out every single handhold.
  2. Make sure you have the necessary skills and equipment.
  3. When you’re half way up there is no point in stopping and thinking “I’m not there yet” or “****! I’m 500 feet above the ground with no safety rope!”
  4. Treat the next handhold, the next foothold exactly the same as you did when you were only one metre above the ground.
  5. Keep moving, and rest when you need to.
  6. If you haven’t climbed the route before make sure you have a backup plan in case your chosen line turns out to be harder than expected.

And the biggest lesson of all? Getting to know yourself better helps you to move forward and implement your vision. Moving forward and implementing your vision helps you to get to know yourself better.

You can also watch another climb of the same rock, by a different route, faster but with lower quality video, here:

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